We had the good fortune of connecting with Necia Gates and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Necia, how does your business help the community?
I believe in doing the ground work…..that foundational work that is necessary for success. No matter what business you’re in, the time that you take to lay the ground level either makes or breaks you…and it’s generally the toughest to get through.

When I stop to think about what helps the community or the world, my first thought is…what MAKES UP the community or the world on a foundational level. It’s a super simple concept; and I always go back to human beings. I wholeheartedly believe that before a community or a world can be right, you’ve got to be right with yourself.

Fucking Human is about laying that groundwork that contributes to a better world, a better community, a better SELF. We promote emotional awareness, self-acceptance and overall wellbeing mainly through self-reflection, creative-practices, traditional and non-traditional therapies…oh yea, and apparel. Getting to know, accept and appreciate who you are as a human being…flaws and all…is the most important work we can do, in my opinion. This is where the greatest ideas and connections are made. Its far from easy, though.

When we first started, it made me cringe when people would say ‘oh, you’ve got a t-shirt business?’..lol… I’m like, nooooooooo, man. We don’t. Since inception. we’ve been building a network and have now started partnering with licensed and certified therapists in the health and wellness community. With each product purchased, customers receive a complementary ‘therapy’ session from a provider of their choice, ranging from traditional psychotherapy to energy healing. Attaching this service to a basic t-shirt or hoodie truly transforms the value.

So, I believe that Fucking Human helps the world…we’re like soldiers battling for humanity, using inclusiveness, relatability and connection…just to name a few… as the weapons to conquer, first, the war within ourselves.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It’s funny because I have never really thought about or pinpointed what my ‘art’ is. I graduated as a music major from a performing arts high school (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts). I was a member of the Grammy nominated 90s girls group For Real. I had a childrens clothing line in boutiques on the west coast. I developed a music curriculum called Songwriting for Kids (in which I still teach from time to time), for afterschool enrichment programs in the Fulton County school district. I had a brand of kale chips called Queen of Kale on the shelves of Whole Foods and Kroger in the North and Southeastern regions of the US.

I think that my art IS passion….the ability to express my passions and turn it into more than just a ‘feeling’. My connection to my own passions and creativity has definitely been my vehicle to success in my life, but its also been my biggest obstacle. I call it a blessing and a curse. The challenging part is applying rationality, consistency, structure….all of those ingredients that are necessary for the recipe of longevity in success. I struggle with THAT part. I’m quick to move on when I get to the points that I don’t ‘enjoy’.

One of the inspirations behind Fucking Human was just that. Me having to embrace my own ingredients and understand how to make them work for me. ‘So what?’….I get frustrated, or bored, or anxious, or distracted, whatever the case…accept it, embrace it and apply it for good. Which I do believe is one thing that I have in my favor…My desire to make the BEST out of whatever comes my way. Be it external or internal factors (but I especially respond well to internal challenges). We don’t all have those ‘common’ ingredients that are linked to ‘success’…but what we do have is the ability to compensate and /or substitute what we DO have.

I want the world to know that Im Fucking Human….my confidence is shit! Even though my group was apart of the Atlanta music scene in the 90s…I never truly felt connected to the culture here…all my own issues, Im sure….BUT, it’s funny how things come full circle. I definitely feel apart of the movement in emotional, mental and SELF healing. The opportunity to talk about Fucking Human on this platform is important to me…in more ways than you could ever imagine. Thank you!1

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a trick question for me…..I am a mom of 3 and have literally been locked up in the suburbs for the past 15 years. I don’t go out much and rarely leave Duluth..lol

Pre Kids:
Hangout: Ying Yang, 112, MJQ, DARP Studios, strip club
Eat: RThomas, Marlows
Entertainment: Who’s performing at Chastain Park??
Day time: LA Fitness

Present Day:
Hangout: Somebodies backyard (must include hot tub and pool)
Activities: Social games, great playlists, lounging, talking shit
Eat: Salad in a bag w. proteins, chef
Drink: Tequila and ginger beer

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, David Gates My mentor, Michael Beckwith
My circle of amazing friends
My mom and dad

Website: www.fuckinghuman.com

Instagram: effinghuman

Twitter: effinghuman

Facebook: effingham

Youtube: effinghuman

Image Credits
Koi Media ` `

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutAtlanta is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.